TOP FEATURE FEMINIST FILMS OF 2017

The year is not even over, but already feature films are featuring more women and more feminist values. Back in April of 2017, IMDb added the “F-rating” to it’s website to include films with women directors, women writers and feature actresses or a combination of the three groups. From super heroes to crime fighting agents, these movies are being made differently and showing the perspectives of women. Since the film industry is male dominated, this kind of change is one step closer to gender-equality.

Atomic Blonde

Though the director and writers are male, the star of the film is one tough chick – to say the very least. The lead actress, Charlize Theron did all of her own training and many of her own stunts that made her get two teeth removed and continuous bruising – which was also shown in the beginning of the movie as she sits in a tub of ice, covered in purple bruises. This movie is set in 1989 Berlin before the wall was torn down, with Theron playing a British intelligence spy Lorraine Broughton who is set to find out intel in Germany. Some people are calling her “the female James Bond,” but the Atomic Blonde is not meant to copy 007. Broughton is similar to Bond in some ways, -adamantly- but she is her own entity who solves her own problems in her own way. In an interview with Refinery29, Theron said, “[Women] are more capable than we are often portrayed in movies to be. And we’re not necessarily given the right amount of credit for being that capable. So I try really hard to make my roles reflect women the way I believe we really are.”

Wonder Woman

The film shows Diana grow from a little girl who is hungry for fight training to a woman warrior.

Not only does this action film feature a woman as the main character, but it is also directed by a woman who showed the female perspective. Wonder Woman comes from an island of female warriors protected by an invisible shield in the middle of the Mediterranean with no men in sight. Lead actress Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince, the woman warrior before she was known as Wonder Woman. Diana is incredibly strong, empathetic, understands all languages and her mission is to create world peace. She sets out to end World War I once she meets Steve Trevor, a British spy who crashes into the island’s shield. Though this film has been getting some mixed reviews, it does show the female perspective and it has become the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman.

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola and still of The Beguiled.

Not only does this film feature mostly women, but it is also directed by Sofia Coppola who won best director at the Cannes Film Festival this year for the film. The Beguiled is the female take on the book A Painted Devil by Thomas B. Cullinan and film by the same name that was released in 1971 and featured Clint Eastwood. In a girl’s school set in Mississippi during the Civil War, a wounded Union corporal is found and taken into the care of the women. The fascination with the man leads to jealousy and deceit within the house. The story is told from the females’ perspectives, which is different in comparison to the 1971 film that showed it from the male perspective. In an interview with The Guardian, Sofia Coppola said, “I just thought a story about this enemy soldier coming into this southern girls’ environment was so interesting, and that I’d love to kind of flip it: to tell the same story but from the women’s point of view, what it must have been like for them. Not a remake but a reinterpretation.”

Rough Night

This movie follows five women who embark on a truly rough night in Miami for a bachelorette party when one of the women accidentally kill a male stripper. These women hold nothing back and are not worried about looking good or looking for a romantic relationship. For decades, raunchy and dark comedy was mostly done by men, but writer and director of Broad City, Lucia Aniello, finally showed that women can too. Also directed by Lucia Aniello, the film is told entirely from the female perspective. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Aniello said, “My family considered my athletic achievements important, as important as my brother’s. Psychologically, it prepared me for the idea that what I do is important. It does kind of go back to that. How our younger selves were told boys are more important, watching mostly movies about men, directed by men, telling men’s stories. I guess I just . . . never got that message.”

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